National Geographic : 1916 Feb
At Council Bluffs, la., in August, 1859, Abraham Lincoln learned from Gen. G. M. Dodge the facts which later caused him to urge the building of the Union Pacific-even when the country's resources were strained by war IF Lincoln could see this railroad as it is today, he would be satisfied with the fulfillment of his plan for a New West-opened, accessible, safe. The great President knew better than most others the value of a railroad in the right place. He had much to do with putting the Union Pacific where it is-in the strategic location for greatest service, east to west and west to east. When Congress doubted, Lincoln insisted that the Government help build this road, "not only as a military necessity"-as Gen. Dodge has said-"but as a means of holding the Pacific Coast to the Union." And this railroad, built for the sake of the Union, backed by the White House and the approval of the whole people, has never lost its national character. It is truly "The Road of the Union"-tying the East and the West together with the strong bond of perfect communication. It*was the first road west and is still first in everything which makes a rail road great and serviceable. Travelers and shippers commend the UNION PACIFIC SYSTEM Joins East and West with a Boulevard of Steel Gerrit Fort, Passenger Traffic Manager Union Pacific System Chicago, Ill. (196) ii1- i l t .....I tilli "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."